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Bernard to add depth to the team: Seawolves Volleyball

Author: Stephanie Guimond

Posted on Mar 5, 2018

Category: Volleyball , ACAA , Varsity Sports

Leadership, athleticism and a distinction student with honors: Abby Bernard has worked very hard to get where she is today but the next step in her journey will begin in September 2018.

Abby has signed with the UNB Saint John Seawolves Volleyball team and she has an extensive volleyball background.

She attended high school at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro, NS and played three years there, she also played U16 Cougars Club volleyball where her team earned a second place title. She was then selected to be on the Nova Scotia Canada Games Core Training team and attended Eastern elites in Newfoundland where they took the first place spot. Her hard work paid off as she was chosen to be on the tournament all-star team. Abby played on the U18 BIA Volleyball club team where they came third at provincials and her team traveled to Bermuda for an invitational tournament where they took second place. One of her career highlights was making the Nova Scotia North American Indigenous Games U19 volleyball team in the summer of 2017.

In addition to her athletic endeavors, Abby is very successful in her academic life. She was a two time nominee for the EH Abbott Leadership award and has received 3 CEC achievement awards. Her success in academics has been excellent, she is currently an Honors with Distinction student as has been since grade 10. Abby is more than just a great student/athlete, she also gives back to her community through coaching gymnastics, volunteering with Special Olympics Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Volunteering her time is something she enjoys in addition to skiing, cross fit and spending time with family and friends. Her passion for volleyball emanates from her when you meet her and it means everything to her. She feels that it is a great outlet, playing volleyball is something that eases her mind and is a great stress reliever.

Coach Hale-Miller first noticed Abby at Elites of the East in Fredericton last April. Abby's strength, physicality and positive presence on the court spoke volumes to the coach and from there Abby was a player of interest for Seawolves Volleyball. Abby's drive to improve her skill is something that the coach is looking forward to, she will push her to reach her full potential and be a great addition to the team. Coach Hale-Miller: "Abby will add depth to our left side. Her strength and attitude will help foster the competitive environment that we are creating. She will bring a new mix that the Seawolves haven't seen before".

Abby chose UNB Saint John because she wanted to go to a smaller school that offers a top notch nursing program as well as a strong volleyball team. She hopes to one day become a Nurse Practitioner which fits right in with her love of helping others. Welcome to the Seawolves Family Abby!